The women's basketball team lost to Piedmont College on Saturday evening on Pinholster Court, 63-48. Playing in the second game of this weekend's Thanksgiving Classic hosted by OU, the Lions used a 26-9 run over 10 minutes of clock time in the first half to open up a double-digit lead they would never relinquish.
Piedmont opened the game applying intense pressure on the Oglethorpe ball handlers and were able to force 12 first half turnovers en route to heading into the locker room with a comfortable 37-21 margin. The Petrels briefly led 9-8 with 13:40 to play in the half before the Lions erupted for the game deciding run.
The 17 point halftime bulge swelled to 23 in the early stages of the second stanza before Oglethorpe rallied to get as close as 15 down the stretch. The Lions had an answer for every Oglethorpe spurt, however, and managed to close out the contest with relative ease.
The Petrels struggled mightily with their shooting touch after a week long layoff from their last contest. In all, Oglethorpe was 17-of-77 (22%) from the field as several chances went begging off the rim. The Petrels outrebounded the Lions to earn 18 more shot attempts in the game but the low percentage prevented them from mounting a rally.
The Petrels are now 2-2 on the season and will finish off the Tanksgiving Classic tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. when they square off with LaGrange College.